PAALS for life a program of The Dreampower Foundation, Inc.
Hello to all,
I'm sitting here for a moment on the porch of the New Mexico home of PAALS. This 460 acre ranch is the permanent home for the dozens of dogs and cats who once lived on Dreampower Ranch in Douglas County, Colorado. It serves as lifetime sanctuary for perfectly wonderful animals who would otherwise be designated by animal welfare officials as unadoptable or expendable due to physical or mental age-related conditions. They're fine here, they're safe. The mission continues.
About a half a year ago in April, I read writing on the wall indicating that no matter what tactic we took, we at PAALS could not placate or comply with the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) in order to maintain our license of over 10 years. Opinions had shifted against us, and the dogs and cats of PAALS were in danger.
So I took it upon myself to find and purchase a safe haven for them. It was a huge logistical challenge, yet, thanks to hundreds of hours of dedicated work by self-sacrificing volunteers, the necessary construction and the many transports were accomplished. PAALS for Life on Dreampower Ranch II became a reality.
The protocol remains the same - watering, feeding, cleaning, exercising, and loving go on in New Mexico 24/7/365 just as on the Colorado ranch, where dozens of horses, donkeys, mules, and cattle still live, along with smaller farm critters.
The Dreampower Ranch continues to battle foreclosure, yet there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel. Expect to see it survive and morph into a multiuse facility which will always include a sanctuary for animals and people.
Meanwhile, as winter approaches, PAALS needs more help than ever in building out the rest of the New Mexico facility. For instance, vital fencing will cost about $10 K and the already purchase quonsets will take $16K to construct and finish inside and out. If I had the money, I'd pay for this, but I do not - - - it's all been spent over the last 6 months.
We will survive. That is obvious to me since this year was "The Test". How WELL we thrive depends on YOU, the ones who believe as we do that the throwaway animals (both human and non) have a RIGHT TO LIVE on these sanctuaries.
I'd like to share with you the names of some who directly helped PAALS over the last 6 months. I hope there will be more of you in the future. I and the residents of PAALS thank you deeply and sincerely.
H Grant Keithline
Thea and Clifford Karch
Ira "Ace" Ace
Nationwide Horse Transportation
Murdoch’s Ranch Supply
Elena Benedict Smith and Verna Benedict Nielsen